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St Botolph's 29th March

Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Opening Prayer

Lord, direct our thoughts, and teach us to pray.

Lift up our hearts Lord, direct our thoughts, and teach us to pray.

Lift up our hearts to worship you in spirit and in truth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



This is amazing grace


The Confession

Jesus Christ, risen master and triumphant Lord,

we come to you in sorrow for our sins,

and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,

and not by the power of your resurrection.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.


We have lived by the light of our own eyes,

as faithless and not believing.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.


We have lived for this world alone,

and doubted our home in heaven.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.


The Collect for Fifth Sunday of Lent

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world:grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Christ is mine forevermore 

Prayers by Tim Bland

Intercessions for St Botolphs on Sunday March 29th


We’re living in a time of testing as our nation, this week, has joined the rest of Europe in complete lockdown because of the Corona virus epidemic.

We truly need to come before the Lord for ourselves, for our town of Kettering, for our country and for our world.

We can do no better than to start by pondering the LORD’s words to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my people, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their sins, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

So, let us now pray. At the end of each section I will say “LORD, in your mercy…”

And can you respond at home by saying “Hear our prayer”

We begin by thanking God for his blessings to us

Heavenly Father, thank you that we are able to join together in prayer and worship even though we are all in our own homes.

Thank you for all the things you have done for us this week and for bringing us through to this very hour.

In this time of national testing help us, your people, to have a proper appreciation of how you want us to live, and witness and serve you. Help us to live in God-dependence, not in self-dependence. Please give us a heart for all those around us in our communities who are fearful and lost without a saving knowledge of Our Lord Jesus. And out of that heart you give us please help us to tell people about their saviour Jesus, who stands at the door and knocks.

At this moment, Father, we remember before you all our relatives and friends, some of whom are ill, some facing severe testing, some in hospital, some who are fighting for their lives.

In a period of silence now let’s lift up all our loved ones to The LORD, especially those who are in desperate need or suffering at this time…..

…………………gap for silent prayer……………..

Lord, in your mercy……….Hear our prayer

We pray now for the community around us here in Barton Seagrave and Kettering. Heavenly Father, every family and every individual in this town is on their own, unique journey through this epidemic, many of them without a saving knowledge of Jesus. We pray that we might spread your word during this time and that many might come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We pray for families and individuals as they are confined to their homes for prolonged periods. And we pray that you will meet their needs for food and medicines.

We pray for those with mental health problems for whom this time is even more difficult.

We pray for those who are already ill from Corona virus and from other conditions. And for those whose work and businesses have closed down with no certain future.

Lord, in your mercy……….Hear our prayer

We now pray for all those who serve us in this town.

Heavenly Father,

We pray for the schools, which remain open for the children of key workers; and for all teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants and other staff at this difficult time.

We pray for all the groups in our community whose work we often take for granted and which puts them at increased risk of contracting Corona virus. We pray your protection for them and their families:

For all carers in the community and in care homes.

For all carers looking after a loved one in their own home.

For all people who work in supermarkets at checkouts or stacking shelves or managing.

For all postal workers and post office staff.

For all people who work in pharmacies.

For all social workers.

Father, please protect all these people from contracting Corona virus.

Lord, in your mercy……….Hear our prayer

We now remember all those in the emergency services and the NHS at this most difficult time.

Heavenly Father,

We pray for all workers in the emergency services and the NHS and for their families.

For all police and firefighters who seek to maintain order in the face of severe challenges at this time.

For everyone who works in the NHS in Kettering.

For all those at Kettering General Hospital: doctors, nurses, therapists, porters, admin staff and pharmacists, that they will keep free from catching this virus and also that they will not become burnt out by doing too much.

We pray for all midwives at this time, that you will be with them.

We pray for all those who work in medical centres and in the community.

We pray for all paramedics and our ambulance service

We pray for all those who work in call centres for NHS 111

Lord, in your mercy……….Hear our prayer

We now pray for those in vulnerable groups who are at greater risk from this virus.

Heavenly Father, please help and provide:

For those with underlying health problems

For children and young people with multiple disabilities

For the homeless

For those at increased risk simply because of age

We pray for pregnant women and unborn babies and women going into labour. We ask that a spirit of freedom might release Christian midwives to openly witness as they support these women and to do so without censure from the authorities.

Lord, in your mercy……….Hear our prayer

We now look beyond our town to our country and our world.

Heavenly Father, perhaps it is time we started calling them Your country and Your world because You have created them.

We remember before you all those who have died from the virus in this country and in other countries. We remember Chloe Middleton who died this week aged 21 and with no underlying health problem. We remember Steven Dick, British ambassador to Hungary, who died this week aged 37. We remember Father Giuseppe in Bergamo, Italy who died after giving up the opportunity of a ventilator so another person could have it.

We pray for all these grieving families throughout the world, in China, Iran, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the United States, all other countries and this country.

Lord, in your mercy……….Hear our prayer

We now look beyond Corona virus, which isn’t the only trial that people are facing, to pray for the following massively affected groups:

Heavenly Father, we pray:

For all displaced persons from Syria, Iraq and other countries, who have lost everything and loved ones

For all those devastated by swarming locusts in Africa

For those people in this country who lost everything in the recent floods

For those people in Australia who lost everything in the raging fires


Finally, we pray for our own country’s institutions.

We pray for our royal succession. We pray for Prince Charles that he will come through his Corona virus infection; an infection that does not recognise the difference between prince or pauper.

We pray for our sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth and all her family especially Prince William and Princess Katherine and their children; and also for Prince Harry and his family in Canada. Many O Lord would like to see him return to help his country in its time of national need. Help him to find the right path in You at this unprecedented time.

We pray for our prime minister, Boris, and all those in government and other positions of national and local leadership, including here at St Botolphs, at this time of testing. Help all of them and all of us your people to see your purposes in all that is happening.


Let us now bring these intercessions to an end,

by responding in our hearts to God’s call and His promises in 2 Chronicles 7, which is where we began:

Oh Lord, in the light of all these things that we have prayed about, we who are your people, who are called by your name, do indeed humble ourselves…… and pray…… and seek your face…… and truly turn from our sins such that you will hear from heaven and will forgive our sins and will heal our land.


Merciful Father………accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Children’s Song

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Bible Reading

Luke 10:38-42

Martha and Mary

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”


Good good Father 


Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

source of all being and life,

the one for whom we exist?

We believe and trust in him.


Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

who took our human nature,

died for us and rose again?

We believe and trust in him.


Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,

who gives life to the people of God

and makes Christ known in the world?

We believe and trust in him.


This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



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